BIRMINGHAM (March 14, 2010): World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei secured his first All England Men's singles title tonight with a 21-19 21-19 victory over unseeded Japanese Kenichi Tago.
Chong Wei lost out in last year's final to world and Olympic champion Lin Dan but the Chinese exited this time round in the quarter-finals, easing the way for Chong Wei.
But he had to fight hard against Tago who had earlier beaten top Chinese talent Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai to become the first Japanese to reach the men's singles final since 1966.
Tago led 4-0 in the first set and 15-11 later on before Chong Wei finally nosed ahead at 16-15. Though Tago managed to save three set points he finally yielded at 21-19.
In the second, Chong Wei led 6-1 and 11-7 but the tough Japanese levelled at 14-14.
Chong Wei then stretched out to 20-17 and although Tago saved two match points a final shuttle from Chong Wei landed just in the baseline to secure the triumph.
Malaysia last won the All England singles title through Mohd Hafiz Hashim at the 2003 edition. – Reuters
P/s: Now, I’m so sleepy as I went to bed at 2am after watching All England.